Category Archives: OTHER NEWS

Growth with social justice: Time for a new era

By Juan Somavia (*)

GENEVA, Jun (IPS) More than 200 million people are officially unemployed worldwide, including nearly 80 million young women and men eager to secure their first job. Both figures are at their highest points ever, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. The number of workers in vulnerable employment – 1.5 billion (around half of the world’s labour force) – and persons working but surviving on less than US$2.00 per day – 1.2 billion – is on the rise again. Continue reading

Erdogan’s economic trump card

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Istanbul. If, as expected, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan wins a third term in Sunday’s general election, he will become the most successful democratic leader in Turkey’s history. So what explains his extraordinary dominance of Turkish politics?

On an international stage, the prime minister often cuts an awkward, slightly defensive figure, tall, but stiff and unsmiling. On his home turf, though, he comes alive, responding with jokes, sarcasm and even poetry to the crowds of supporters who pack his rallies. Continue reading

AIDS Funding Gap Threatens Treatment Targets

By Elizabeth Whitman

UNITED NATIONS, (IPS) – A staggering nine million people are still awaiting HIV treatment, yet the 22 billion dollars the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) says is needed to give them access to medicine and care has far from materialised. Continue reading

When the Nile Runs Dry

By LESTER R. BROWN – NYT

A NEW scramble for Africa is under way. As global food prices rise and exporters reduce shipments of commodities, countries that rely on imported grain are panicking. Affluent countries like Saudi Arabia, South Korea, China and India have descended on fertile plains across the African continent, acquiring huge tracts of land to produce wheat, rice and corn for consumption back home. Continue reading

Bike vs Car on a Hot Planet

By Stephen Leahy

BERLIN, Jun 6, 2011 (IPS) – As global carbon emissions hit record-high levels last year, officials from leading Asian nations told the 2011 International Transport Forum in nearby Leipzig that their citizens want more cars. Continue reading

Africa Looks Poised for Second Independence

By Alemayehu G. Mariam*

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SAN BERNARDINO, USA (IDN) – For much of the six decades of independence, much of Africa has been under the thumbs and boots of ruthless military and civilian thugs palming themselves off as leaders while sucking the continent dry as their private estate. There have been over 80 military coups in Africa and hundreds of attempted, plotted and alleged coups. Continue reading

AS KYOTO EXPIRATION NEARS, EMISSIONS TRADING SHOWN INEFFECTIVE

By Hazel Henderson (*)

SAINT AUGUSTINE, May (IPS) The Kyoto Protocol expires at the end of 2012. Its global focus on CO2 emissions and trading schemes based in London and other financial centres has grown suspect. Continue reading